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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 530F
Category: Science & Engineering


Performs independent professional civil engineering work in office or field

Typical Work

Prepares rough sketches, designs, specifications, and isometric, perspective working drawings for minor and major projects including roads, bridges, dams, building, towers, fishways, stream improvements, holding ponds, hatcheries, or game pens;

Drafts planimetric and topographic maps, as well as other special-use maps;

Acts as chief-of-party on surveying crew; makes third-order locations and traverses of property lines, right-of-way, section and sub-section lines; calculates plane coordinates and curve points and plots those in plats;

Conducts surveys of streams for amount of flow, quality of spawning beds, purity of water, and scouring under bridges and fills;

Supervises engineering aides, inspectors, and clerks and occasionally a graduate engineer;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: principles, practices and methods of civil engineering including roadways, hydraulics and structures; efficient use of construction equipment; arithmetic, geometry, calculus, and engineering formulas; materials selection and testing.

Ability to: use sound independent judgment of difficult engineering problems; understand and interpret written and oral directions, maps, plans, drawing, specifications; supervise professional and sub professional personnel deal tactfully with government and industrial officials, conduct either a field or office engineering assignment from its conception to finish of the project; traverse rough terrain in all kinds of weather; travel frequently and for extended periods.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree with major study in civil engineering; provided that registration as an engineer-in-training may be substituted for college degree. 


One year of professional civil engineering work, subsequent to required graduation or registration. 


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

Effective 5-1-63
Specification corrected 8-11-65
New class code: (formerly 60520) effective July 1, 2007